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Abortion and Birth, Together

The New York Times

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Abortion rights are in jeopardy, and finding doctors that will perform the procedure in addition to other prenatal care is difficult. A Buffalo, New York clinic provides a space for both abortions and natural births.

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A circle of moms: MAHEC finds success with group care model

Citizen-Times

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Expecting mothers, especially young ones, can often feel scared and unprepared about the pregnancy process. Maternity meeting groups help them gain more support and knowledge about their future pregnancies.

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A special program helps women combat depression, other mental health issues

KPCC/SCPR

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A unique program at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center is combining prenatal care with psychiatric treatment for low-income women who might otherwise not seek help for mental health issues during pregnancy.

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Detroit Team Shrinks Breastfeeding Disparities

Women's E-News

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At St. John Hospital in Detroit, the principles of cultural sensitivity and collaboration—as well as lots of fundraising—have boosted previously low breastfeeding rates by black mothers.

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For Mothers-to-Be, Finding Health Care in a Group

The New York Times

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To educate and prepare new mothers, Centering Pregnancy and Centering Parenting sites in the United States offer community-based patient-centered care in low-income areas. Centering offers interactive learning, check-ups, and social support, so that women can take charge of their health.

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For some, prenatal care is a community affair

Public Radio International (PRI)

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Latin American women in San Francisco have suffered from post-partum depression, social isolation, and chronic stress at the time of their pregnancies. Run by midwives, the Centering Pregnancy program at the San Francisco General Hospital provides patient-centered care, an environment to speak in...

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Low-Income Latinas Turn to Group Visits for Prenatal Care

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Studies show group prenatal care leads to better birth outcomes when compared against standard care. Centering Pregnancy in San Francisco is a space for women with similar gestational ages to meet, learn about self-care, and have facilitated group discussions.

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In Delivery Rooms, Reducing Births of Convenience

The New York Times

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The rate of cesarean sections is on the rise in the United States, despite the higher risks of hysterectomy, hemorrhage, and infection, as well as the elevated expense. Evidence-based medicine suggests decreasing C-sections, which is what San Francisco General’s maternity ward does well. Their so...

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In Detroit Hospital, black babies are latching on

Women's E-News

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Many African American women are reluctant to breastfeed their babies. The Mother Nuture Project at Detroit’s St. John Hospital and Medical Center offers peer counseling to educate women (mostly African American) and encourage breastfeeding. Mother Nurture’s program has helped boost breastfeeding...

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Infant Deaths Drop After Midwives Undergo Inexpensive Training

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Providing simple training to midwives in Zambia has resulted in a statistically significant decline in infant mortality. A small pilot project costing only $20,244 saved the lives of an estimated 97 infants.

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